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Biden has spoken with some GOP senators, chief of staff says

Biden has spoken with some GOP senators, chief of staff says
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE has spoken to some Republican senators and Republican governors in recent days, his future White House chief of staff said Thursday, even as many GOP lawmakers defend President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE's refusal to concede the election.

"Joe Biden has spoken to Republicans. He’s spoken to some Republican senators, some Republican governors," Ron Klain said on MSNBC.

Klain would not specify whom Biden had spoken to in the GOP, but noted he still has not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate MORE (R-Ky.).

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"There will be a time and a place for Joe Biden and Senator McConnell to talk," Klain said. "They obviously need no introduction to one another."

Klain defended the secrecy around which Republicans have spoken with Biden, saying the president-elect has been having "private conversations with individuals" and that the calls would be detailed "when both sides agree to readout the calls."

He added that the calls were a mix of outreach from Biden to the Republicans and vice versa. But the conversations indicate that at least some in the GOP are interacting privately with the Democrat as he prepares to take office, even as many Republicans publicly stand by Trump's denial that he lost the election.

While a few senators, such as Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Additional airlines ban guns on flights to DC ahead of inauguration Ben Shapiro stirs controversy by guest writing Politico newsletter MORE (R-Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time McConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (R-Maine), have referred to Biden as president-elect, most Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have defended Trump's right to pursue legal challenges in key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, even as some of those lawsuits are rejected or would not apply to enough votes to change the outcome.

Trump himself has spread false allegations about votes being changed, and it does not appear he will formally concede.

In a bit of a shift, several Senate Republicans have called for Biden to get access to intelligence briefings after Sen. James LankfordJames Paul Lankford'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress MORE (R-Okla.) said that the Democrat should be getting the briefings and that he would "step in" if they weren't happening by Friday. 

The calls come as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence isn’t interacting with the Biden campaign because the General Services Administration hasn’t certified Biden as the winner.